CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Family of John Crawford III Asks DOJ to Investigate Shooting - ]]>

The family of John Crawford III have asked the Justice Department for a federal investigation into the 22-year-old Fairfield man’s police shooting death in a Beavercreek Walmart Aug. 5.

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<![CDATA[Federal Judge Blocks Measures to Cut Ohio Early Voting - ]]>

"Golden week,” the five-day period in which Ohio residents can simultaneously register and vote, will be restored under a ruling a federal judge made Sept. 4.

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<![CDATA[Developer Looks to Reshape Area Around Findlay Market - ]]>

One of Cincinnati’s biggest developers has plans to remake an entire block of Race Street near Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[City to Provide Transgender-Friendly Medical Benefits - ]]> The City of Cincinnati’s employee insurance will cover medically necessary transgender procedures beginning next year, city officials say.  The effort was led by City Councilman Chris Seel]]> <![CDATA[Former Kroger CEO: Executive Pay "Ludicrous" - ]]> In a moment of candor during an interview panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, former CEO of Kroger Co. David Dillon called his nearly $13 million 2013 pay package “extreme” and “ludicrous."
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<![CDATA[Sharonville Clinic will not Appeal Court Ruling, Must Stop Providing Surgical Abortions - Women's Med Center in Sharonville will stay open to provide other services]]> Women’s Med Center, one of Greater Cincinnati’s two abortion providers, announced it will cease providing abortions after an Aug. 18 court ruling.  The clinic will remain open to provide other services, however.
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<![CDATA[Duke Energy Spills Thousands of Gallons of Oil into Ohio River - City water supply safe, Cincinnati Water Works says]]> Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel from a Duke Energy plant leaked into the Ohio River during the night of Aug. 18 during an oil transfer at a Duke plant in New Richmond, Ohio.
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<![CDATA[Cranley’s City Manager Pick Heads for a Full Council Vote - ]]>

Cranley's pick for city manager has been involved in political dustups in some of his past jobs, but has more than 25 years of public service experience and reams of positive recommendations. He’s pledged to take an analytic rather than political approach to big issues.

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<![CDATA[Prostitution Barricades Come Down, Fight Continues - ]]>

The city has removed anti-prostitution barricades erected in May along McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine and Fairview, but the fight over the tactic continues. The barriers, taken down on July

31 as originally planned, were placed in the area as a test to see if such measures would limit the incidence of prostitution, a big issue in the area. 

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<![CDATA[Greenpeace Activists Refuse Plea Deal, Face Prison - ]]>

Eight of the nine Greenpeace activists charged with hanging a giant banner from the Procter & Gamble building downtown in March showed no interest in a plea deal with prosecutors July 21, a lawyer for the group said. Without a plea deal, the eight risk a maximum sentence of eight years in prison on felony burglary and vandalism charges.

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<![CDATA[Holder: Obama Administration Will File in Ohio Early Voting Suit - ]]>

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department plans to join a lawsuit against the state of Ohio seeking to restore early voting in the state.

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<![CDATA[Local Rally Supports Palestinian Civilians in Embattled Gaza - ]]>

About 500 people rallied downtown July 20 to show support for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, where more than 400 civilians have been killed over the past few weeks in clashes between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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<![CDATA[Northside Community Council OKs Needle Exchange Program - ]]>

Northside Community Council voted July 21 to create a needle exchange program in the neighborhood. The effort, run by the Cincinnati Exchange Program, will start sometime in August and operate from a van one day a week for three hours at a time. Planned Parenthood will also participate, providing testing services for diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

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<![CDATA[Homelessness Rising After Federal Funding Cuts - ]]>

More demand for housing aid and less money from the feds have combined to create a simple but brutal equation swelling the number of homeless individuals and families in the Cincinnati area and across the country.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Candidates Kasich, FitzGerald Face Similar Legal Battles - ]]>

Both Gov. John Kasich and gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald are fighting lawsuits over records related to scheduling and security. And while the press and opposing political parties push for disclosure, both are fighting to keep those records private.

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<![CDATA[COAST Says It Will Fight Music Hall/Union Terminal Tax Plan - ]]>

The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) says it will fight Hamilton County Commissioners’ proposed plans to raise either sales or property taxes to help pay for renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.

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<![CDATA[Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban - ]]>

A federal judge on July 1 ruled Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. But same-sex couples in the state can’t get marriage licenses just yet.

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<![CDATA[Pepper Blames AG DeWine for Rape Kit Backlog - ]]>

The race for Ohio attorney general is heating up, and Democratic candidate David Pepper last week slammed his opponent, current Attorney General Mike DeWine, over Ohio’s lag in testing rape kits, which are samples collected when a rape is reported. 

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<![CDATA[Council Funds OTR Affordable Housing Development - ]]>

A deal approved by City Council June 25 splits limited funds among two affordable housing projects, funding one in Over-the-Rhine and leaving the door open for another that’s been in the works for the last few years in Avondale.

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<![CDATA[Group Asks Kroger to Support Farm Workers - ]]>

A national group working to convince companies to change the way they buy produce picketed Kroger’s annual shareholder meeting June 26.

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